Erica KaufmanAssociate Director
She taught in the English Department at Baruch College, works with the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, and serves as a Curriculum Specialist for the Holocaust Educators Network. She has been a visiting writer and visiting professor at Naropa University and Parsons the New School for Design. Her publications include the full-length poetry collection Censory Impulse (Factory School 2009) along with seven chapbooks; poetry and prose published inRain Taxi, Aufgabe, Bombay Gin, Verse, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Jacket. Current research interests include: the interstices between contemporary poetics and Composition & Rhetoric; feminism and the epic poem; and intergenerational Holocaust Studies. She earned her B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University, her M.F.A. from New School University, and is completing a dissertation in Composition and Rhetoric at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Celia BlandInternational Coordinator
Celia Bland works with faculty from Bard’s partner campuses around the world, leading workshops on such topics as designing a syllabus, teaching engaged reading, and responding to student writing. She came to Bard in 1999 and has held the positions of director of college writing, director of the Bard Academic Resources Center, dean of studies, and writer-in-residence. Her poetry and prose has recently appeared in Poetry International, The Boston Review, The Evergreen Review, Drunken Boat, The Cortland Review, The Narrative Review, and Lumina. Her essay, “Secret Book Written in the Dirt,” is in an upcoming collection devoted to the poetry of Jean Valentine (University of Michigan). Her poetry collection, Soft Box, appeared in 2004 and her collaboration with visual artist, Dianne Kornberg, The Madonna Comix, with an introduction by Luc Sante, will appear in 2013.
Teresa VilardiSenior Consultant
Teresa Vilardi was assistant director of IWT from 1984 until 2001, and director from 2001 until 2012. She now serves as the liaison between IWT and Bard's MAT program, developing training workshops for both MAT faculty and IWT faculty. She earned her B.A. at Barnard College and M.A. in medieval and Renaissance history from Columbia University, and has studied in the Program in Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She has taught history at the State University of New York in Binghamton; the College of Wooster in Ohio; Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York; history and women's studies at Broome County Community College in Binghamton; and taught in Bard’s Freshman Seminar Program. She was co-editor of New Methods in College Writing Programs: Theories in Practice (MLA, 1986); Writing to Learn Mathematics and Science (Teachers College Press, 1989); and Writing-Based Teaching: Essential Practices and Enduring Questions (SUNY Press, 2009).
Judi SmithProgram Administrator
Judi Engels Smith is the program administrator for IWT, where she organizes all workshops and conferences. She also serves as the budget manager for the program. Judi has been a member of the Writing & Thinking community since 1985.